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Teaching Chicago History with Maps

Chicago and Environs: 1 map : hand col. ; 61 x 64 cm.; At head of title: Chicago and Western Indiana 'Belt Division.'; Distances shown with circles of increasing size radiating from Chicago.

Chicago and Environs. Van Vechten and Snyder for Chicago and Western Indiana Railroad Company. 1882. 61 x 64 cm. map6F G4104.C6A1 1882 .V3

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

9 am to 3 pm

Led by Dr. James Akerman, Smith Center for the History of Cartography at the Newberry
Wait list only
Chicago Teachers as Scholars

Participants in the workshop will explore the geographical dimensions of Chicago history through intensive study of historic maps of the city, its region, and hinterland. The daylong workshop will draw extensively on the Newberry’s world-renowned map collection, including the earliest maps showing the site of Chicago in the 17th century to modern plans documenting the social geography of the city. Topics will include the site and situation of historical Chicago; Chicago’s role as a transportation hub; Chicago and its hinterland; metropolitan and suburban growth; urban planning maps; Chicago and its world’s fairs; social and economic geography; and tourism in Chicago. Morning discussion sessions led by Dr. Akerman will be followed by group workshop sessions, during which participants will have the opportunity to work directly with original map documents.

Dr. James R. Akerman is Curator of Maps and the Director of the Hermon Dunlap Smith Center for the History of Cartography at the Newberry Library.

Cost and Registration Information 

This Chicago Teachers as Scholars seminar is free and open to classroom teachers in the Chicago Public Schools on a first-come, first-served basis. Seminar participants will receive 5 ISBE professional development credit hours for attending this seminar.


For more information, please email teacherprograms@newberry.org.